Michael Vick, a former Virginia Tech football player, was sentenced to 23 months in prison and 3 years of probation for his role in a federal dogfighting case.
Vick, who plead guilty to the federal charges in August 2007, was sentenced by Judge Henry E. Hudson at a federal courthourse in Richmond, Va this morning.
In April 2007 Vick and three other men were indicted on federal felony charges related to their involvement with an illegal interstate dogfighting ring known as Bad Newz Kennels. The dogfighting ring was found to take place on Vick's 15 acre property in southeastern Virginia.
Vick reported to jail on Nov. 19 in hopes to begin his then-to be determined sentence. He will face state level felony charges in April 2008.
The sentence means that Vick will be unelligible to play in the NFL until at least October 2009, as he will be incarcinated. It has been speculated that Vick will receive jail time from his state level charges; Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner, is also expected to add additional time to the ban. Goodell "indefinitely suspended" Vick in September 2007 in relation to the charges.
Vick played for Tech for two seasons, including leading the Hokies to the national title game in 1999 against Florida State. In his time at Tech, Vick won an ESPY as the nation's top college player, was awarded the Archie Griffin Award as the nation's most valuable player in college football, finished third in the balloting for the 1999 Heisman Trophy and finished second in the voting for The Associated Press Player of the Year.
He entered the NFL draft in 2001 and was selected first overall by the Atlanta Falcons; he played with Atlanta until his suspension earlier this year.
Vick's jersey was retired by the Virginia Tech Athletic Department on Sept. 1, 2002.